I-CAB

1. What is I-CAB?
2. Who must complete an I-CAB EH&S competency assessment?
3. Getting started with I-CAB
4. Learn more about I-CAB
5. Frequently asked questions
   A. About the assessment
   B. Contractor/sub-contractor participation
   C. Contractor/sub-contractor employee participation

1. What is I-CAB?

The International Competency Assessment Board (I-CAB) Foundation is a non-profit organization with chapters in Canada, the United States of America, Great Britain and Australia. The I-CAB Foundation administers functional competency assessments that allow individuals and organizations to determine a person’s ability to recognize hazards and controls associated with a specific scope of work in the context of EH&S legislation. For more information, see the video overview:  

Suncor Major Projects uses I-CAB EH&S competency assessments with its contractors to improve EH&S performance and demonstrate regulatory due diligence. Competency assessment results enable Suncor to:

  • Select contractors based on their ability to assess, attain and maintain leadership EH&S competency.
  • Manage deficiencies in contractor’s cumulative and peak competency levels (as part of EH&S planning and mitigation).
  • Create an increased motivation to develop EH&S competency through transparency and comparison to industry peers.
  • Focus on improving competency as a method of reducing high-risk events.
  • Review standardized cumulative competency metrics post-incident to identify actions to prevent reoccurrence and identify predictive correlation.
  • Identify competency gaps when managing regulatory change.

2. Who must complete an I-CAB EH&S competency assessment?

  • Individuals who plan, manage, supervise and/or advise on the activities/functions to be completed, or are for the benefit of a Major Projects worksite
  • On and off-site personnel from the supervisor/general foreman, up to and including, directing management and occupational health and safety personnel (e.g. General Foreman, Site Supervisor, Assistant Construction Manager, Construction Manager, EH&S Advisor, EH&S Manager, etc.)
  • Sub-contractor personnel who carry out any of the above activities or roles.

3. Getting started with I-CAB

I-CAB assessments are done through an online, proctored site that allows a person’s identity to be confirmed. All assessment activities are recorded and compared against assessment integrity standards.
Follow these steps:

4. Learn more about I-CAB

5. Frequently asked questions

A. About the assessment
B. Contractor/sub-contractor participation
C. Contractor/sub-contractor employee participation

     

    A. About the assessment

  1. Who does the assessment apply to?
  2. What does an assessment measure?
  3. What other data does the assessment look at to provide a reliable assessment?
  4. How are assessments taken/accessed?
  5. How are the assessments reviewed?
  6. How does I-CAB competency assessment process differ from other pre-qualification processes and/or organizational audits?


a. Who does the assessment apply to – all contract employees or specific positions only?
Assessments must be completed by all individuals who:

  • What – Plan, manage, supervise and/or advise on activities/functions to be completed at or for the benefit of Suncor Major Projects,
  • Where – This includes personnel working on and off a Suncor site
  • Who – From the supervisor/general foreman, up to and including, directing management and occupational health and safety personnel.
  • All sub-contractor personnel that carry out these roles must also complete an I-CAB assessment.

b. What does an assessment measure?
An I-CAB assessment measures a person’s ability to demonstrate EH&S specific competencies (i.e. confined space, control of hazardous energy, etc.) at four functional levels:

  • Recognition: Ability to recognize equipment, components and terminology applicable to a specific competency.
  • Comprehension: Ability to comprehend statements, instructions and references.
  • Interpretation: Ability to interpret operational expectations based on published interpretations.
  • Application: Ability to apply appropriate hazard mitigation to industry-specific scenarios.

c. What other data does the assessment look at to provide a reliable assessment?

To provide a reliable assessment of cumulative and individual competency specific to a job-function and/or project, the assessment also considers:

  • industry experience,
  • educational background and
  • competency-specific self-assessments

Assessment results are continually updated based on changing factors such as amended regulatory requirements, recent judgments and new interpretations.


d. How are assessments taken/accessed?

Assessments can be taken from any location with a high-speed internet connection using a computer equipped with a video camera and microphone (to facilitate the recording of participant assessments).

e. How are the assessments reviewed?

Recorded assessment sessions undergo two blind reviews, infraction adjudication and based on adjudication findings, an automatic appeal process, if assessment integrity is in question.


f. How does I-CAB competency assessment process differ from other pre-qualification processes and/or organizational audits?

Neither pre-qualification processes nor organizational audits provide cumulative competency data that is as objectively derived from individuals participating in an objective assessment process. Additionally the I-CAB competency assessment process allows contractors to determine competency applicability and to set their own peak and average targets that are contractor specific.

B. Contractor/sub-contractor participation

  1. By when does a contract employee need to have his or her assessment completed?
  2. Can a contractor be asked for I-CAB Assessment reports even if I-CAB participation is not stipulated in a Suncor contract?
  3. Does the expectation of I-CAB assessment participation need to be stipulated in a contract or considered a contract change?
  4. Who pays for the assessment costs?
  5. What are the competencies targets/expectations that personnel should try to achieve?
  6. What is the next step after completing an initial assessment?
  7. Can a company pre-select assessments and/or specific competencies that their personnel are to complete?


a. By when does a contract employee need to have his or her assessment completed?

Applicable personnel must complete an assessment prior to commencing involvement in a work scope

b. Can a contractor be asked for I-CAB Assessment reports even if I-CAB participation is not stipulated in a Suncor contract?

Yes, access to I-CAB competency assessment data/reports may be asked for at the request for proposal stage and/or as part of work scope EH&S planning to support decision making at these stages.


c. Does the expectation of I-CAB assessment participation need to be stipulated in a contract or considered a contract change?

Suncor Major Projects requires contractors to have a competence management program that ensures EH&S competence and is capable of Suncor verification and second party audit. Hence, the participation request to provide I-CAB Assessments reports (or equivalent) is simply a clarification of a long-standing contractual expectation and not a change.


d. Who pays for the assessment costs?

Contractors pay for the cost of assessments for their personnel.


e. What are the competencies targets/expectations that personnel should try to achieve?

Contractors set the minimum reasonable expectations (peak and average targets) for their own personnel. Since I-CAB competency assessment’s focus is developmental, there are no set specific result expectations for individual participants.


f. What is the next step after completing an initial assessment?

Contractors are expected to review assessment results and implement effective mitigation to address competency deficiencies and/or establish individual development plans within the I-CAB system to bring up competency levels to desired targets.

g. Can a company pre-select assessments and/or specific competencies that their personnel are to complete?

Yes, the I-CAB key contact person may pre-select both specific assessment(s) applicable to company personnel as well as specific competencies. Competency selection for each specific assessment may be further delineated by position (i.e. managerial, supervisory, advisory, etc.).



C. Contractor/sub-contractor employee participation

  1. How do personnel prepare for an assessment?What material/subject matter does the I-CAB assessment process assess?
  2. How are personnel notified of their results? How does their employer and Suncor know that an assessment has been completed?
  3. How do personnel get their I-CAB card?

a. How do personnel prepare for an assessment? What material/subject matter does the I-CAB assessment process assess?

The focus is on subject matter that is industry specific and based on the regulatory competency expectations identified within regulation, regulator interpretations, referenced standards/best practices, court cases and/or regulatory bulletins and guides. I-CAB provides participants with detailed assessment information, as well as preparation assistance on their website (http://www.i-cab.org/)


b. How are personnel notified of their results? How does their employer and Suncor know that an assessment has been completed?

Individuals are notified by I-CAB when their assessment results are available through the email address they provide. Employers are made aware through the access granted by participants and Suncor is made aware through the access granted by the employer.

c. How do personnel get their I-CAB card?
I-CAB mails a participants card to the address provided when they register for an assessment.